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Sexting Risky For Teen Sexual Behavior

Written By Su Hadma on Monday, August 19, 2013 | 5:05 PM

If your adolescent is sexting, they could be presently sexually lively and engaging in dangerous behavior, a new examine indicates.

Researchers are making an attempt to greater realize if young people are at higher chance for HIV or other sexually transmitted conditions because they are sending sexually specific photos or textual content messages via mobile phones.

"Sexting" is not an different to "true world" sexual behavior amid adolescents, according to a new study released Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

"The same teens who are participating in electronic sex danger using by means of sexting are also the exact same teenagers that are partaking in sex threat with their bodies in phrases of becoming sexually active and not using condoms," explained guide study creator Eric Rice, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California's College of Social Perform in Los Angeles.

A 2009 report from the Pew Investigation Middle identified that some teenagers "view sexting as a safer alternative to genuine lifestyle sexual activity."

Even though the term "sexting" could also include messages also sent in excess of the Web, this distinct examine appeared solely at mobile phone text messages and photographs. It was executed through questionnaire in the Los Angeles Unified Faculty District. Scientists surveyed one,839 pupils ages twelve to 18 at random. Most had been Latino or African-American. Three-quarters of those surveyed experienced cell telephones.

"Even though a minority of teens sext we only located 15% but that fifteen% are a lot riskier with their bodily sexual behaviors as properly as their digital sexual behaviors," suggests Rice.

He include that teenagers who reported sexting were 7 times a lot more most likely to be sexually lively than their peers who did not sext.

The info suggests there are norms about sexting, according to Rice, indicating teenagers are commencing to believe that sexting is a regular portion of their behaviors. Much more than half of the teenagers surveyed documented that they experienced a buddy who sexted.

"A whole lot of younger folks feel that their pals are sexting, and if you feel that your close friends are sexting, you are considerably much more very likely to sext by yourself," he explained seventeen instances more very likely, according to research.

"I feel that the implications are that teens who are sexting could be at increased risk for sexually transmitted conditions due to the fact the teens who sext are about 1.5 moments a lot more most likely to not use condoms when they're possessing intercourse," in addition to rising the danger of teen being pregnant, Rice suggests.

This research was performed in only 1 urban location the authors recognize that some of the results could not accurately depict rural places. In addition, modern nationwide analysis found much reduced rates of sexting.

Nevertheless, Rice said this details can be worthwhile for dad and mom.

"We [mothers and fathers, clinicians, educators] ought to be speaking about sexting and the reality that it is part of the risky intercourse behaviors and it truly is not just some thing that exists in a virtual room, so to talk," he explained.

"Chatting about sexting may well be simpler for [parents] than speaking about sexual intercourse and it could guide into a greater dialogue about sexual intercourse."

By Georgiann Caruso, CNN

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